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Comment: Why the fuss? (Score 1) 188 188

by funkatron (#40187427) Attached to: Fox News Ties 'Flame' Malware To <em>Angry Birds</em>
It's a comedy site, mashing random shit together into implausible narratives is exactly what they're supposed to be doing. This is no different to what The Onion or Cracked do and I don't see the bile getting thrown at those corners of the intertubes. The only thing objectionable here is the quality. It's not hilarious but not terrible. Keep trying guys and girls!

Comment: Re:Maybe this is just me (Score 2) 845 845

by funkatron (#38324522) Attached to: Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?
I used a calculator once because it's too early in the morning to do division. In general though, a calculator won't make much difference to the results of a maths test; it makes working out numbers less laborious but it's no help unless you know what calculations you wanted to do anyway.

Comment: Re:here's one argument: (Score 1) 247 247

by funkatron (#37964922) Attached to: Oxford Professor Taken To Task For Linking Internet Use To Autism

Here's one argument:

The critical review you get by publishing in mass media is more complete and honest than what you get in a peer reviewed scientific publication. Why publish in a scientific journal just to say you did it? The peer review and publishing process has ceased to be intellectually valuable and completely fails to separate lies from truth.

Here's one counterargument:

Writing and publishing a paper (in a journal or even just sticking it on your website) allows for the inclusion of a lot more information than a newspaper article. Measurements, statistics, methods used etc all form part of a scientific paper but are either summarised (and simplified) or omitted in the newspaper version.

Comment: Re:They have to (Score 1) 301 301

by funkatron (#37945408) Attached to: Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name

Third, as is pointed out every time an incident like this occurs, trademark owners have to take no chances and must enforce perceived violations or risk losing their right to it.

This does not give them a right to be arseholes though. You can still enforce every perceived violation without shitting on some random cafe; you just have to look at their logo and perceive that it isn't a violation to do so.

Comment: Re:Fuck you Italy (Score 1) 459 459

by funkatron (#37783466) Attached to: EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Why do people assume that the christians are the ones always behind these kind of fascist actions?

Assume? Who do you think would vote for a party named Christian Democrat? Who do you think would see that name and NOT hear alarm bells in their head? (Hint: it isn't Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Hindus or Cthulhu Cultists). Also, remember that in fascist Italy and fascist Spain and a number of other scum regimes in recent European history the influence of a certain organisation from Rome was very much present. Why wouldn't it be believable to think that those ideas could lead to authoritarianism again?

The rest of your post concerns US politics of which I don't know much. However, may I suggest you learn some words. Start with "right" and "far right", move on to "communism" and "fascism", and finally figure out "liberal". Your writing will be a lot easier to read if the positions described actually match up to the terminology.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers